The chance of a lifetime for aspiring aquatics teachers

13 March 2014

Aspiring swimming teachers will have a unique opportunity to begin their career at the prestigious London Aquatics Centre, an iconic part of the Olympic Park, this April.

The Institute of Swimming (IoS) has teamed up with Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) and London Leisure College to offer those looking to take their first step into swimming teaching the chance to train for their ASA Level 1 Award in Teaching Aquatics in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

To complete this training in the venue that hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is an opportunity not to be missed for any would-be aquatic teachers.

The facilities and the prime location, just six minutes from London St Pancras and 30 minutes from London City Airport, make the London Aquatic Centre one of the best places to start a teaching career. The most expensive swimming complex ever built in the UK, the venue features two 50m swimming pools for training and competitions, a 25m dive pool and a 50 station gym.

Jenny Norvill, Senior Programme Leader for the IoS said: "As a games maker at the London 2012 Olympic Games, I had the opportunity to spend time in this amazing venue. Having the opportunity to do a teaching training course there would be a dream come true. I hope that the courses we deliver there will inspire aspiring swimming teachers to take that first step into a new career.

"We are planning a full education programme over the coming years with GLL and London Leisure College at the site, including coaching diving and coaching swimming courses."

Andrew Clark, Senior Sports Manager at GLL said: "Where better to learn how to become a great teacher than the world’s greatest pool. This is the first of many courses at the London Aquatics Centre that will see the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park become a leading hub for education in aquatics and sport."

The ASA Level 1 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics is the first part of training towards being a swimming teacher, taking candidates through basic teaching principles. It leads into a vocational qualification which provides the skills, knowledge and understanding of safety and ethical principles required for effective teaching practices in aquatics. Visit to book your place.

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